Green Cleaning Golden Rules
Doing your bit for sustainable cleaning — the Golden Rules
Fortunately, doing your bit for sustainable cleaning is easy... and it’ll save you money!
In the supermarket, look for concentrated products that pack lots of washes into small packets or bottles. As well as reducing the amount of packaging per wash, and saving on transport, concentrated products look to minimise the use of ingredients per wash too.
The new Charter for Sustainable Cleaning logos are there to highlight products that have good sustainability profiles and come from manufacturers who are doing their bit.
Your really critical contribution though comes when you’re actually doing the washing and cleaning. Whatever the task, the golden rules to think about are:
- use the correct dose - too much is wasteful, too little could mean poor results, re-washing, increased wear and poor hygiene
- use low temperatures where possible
- recycle packaging or use refills
Only you can do this!
For laundry, the golden rules are set out in the now familiar Washright panel like the one below. Laundry detergents which carry the Charter logo must carry this panel to guide your use or provide a link to the Cleanright Website so you can find the information there.
For dishwasher detergents, the Save Energy and Water initiative builds on the same golden rules about correct dosage, low temperature and minimising waste packaging.
Look for the Save Energy and Water logo on pack...
...but the other golden rules about filling the machine, dosage and packaging are important too.